Sigh!........well, Zazu's insurance has run out so now im paying for all of his medication £500 so far, hopefully there won't be any more big bills to pay. Flake is doing well and im managing to get in some training with her to build her strength back up. Holly however managed to get a nasty cut on her chest which had to be stitched up on Tuesday so she's out of action for a couple of weeks. Plus another £80 excess out of my bank account!!!!!
"Touch wood" the others are doing fine............
I've been having lot's of trouble with my back and have been on a cocktale of painkillers, I went for an x-ray last week and will find out the results of that on 1st March.
Our broadband has been down for the last week so preparations for the show are being done the old fashioned way, by phone! I hate not having the internet, we relly on it so much it really does make evrything so much easier.
I've been on a mission to tidy evrything up ready for summer training and the new courses Sarah Lindsey is doing for us. We tidied the barn and kennels last week, dad has put a new gate on the arena this week and next week I have some new hardcore coming for the drive as we are sure to get lot's more rain!
Some people have been out competing already and are getting great results and those that had problems to work on over the winter have pretty much forgoten that those problems were ever there.
We have also just got the licence through for a new show we are running in on 21st July at the speedway centre in Burnham. This will run along side a fun dog show that Sarah and Stu from Little Orchard will be running. Im going to start getting judges together so we will hopefully get the shedule out at the start of April. (If you are a judge reading this and would like to judge for us please get in touch)
Ive got some pictures and video's to upload and will go into more details about Zazu being ill as soon as we have the broadband back.
Here's my van complete with new tow bar and cage's, i've got 2 more cage's to put in the middle of the van then im ready to go. No! actually im not Zazu chewed the button off the break handle of my caravan so that will have to be fixed before easter as well as cleaning it out and re-stocking.
On Wednesday I ran two 1.5 hour groups at Hand, the first was either experienced handlers with inexperienced dogs or inexperienced handlers and dogs. It was a nice mix as I normally give the more experienced handlers their own group as they know alot already I don't have to go over the same things as with new people. So it was good for the new handlers to see what they are aiming for.
For most of the new handlers their worry was embarrassment, that people would think badly of them and annoyed that they were taking up time if they got something wrong.
The 2nd group was more experienced handlers and dogs. For these handlers their worry was stepping out of their comfort zone and trying different things, I wasn't asking them to do Ketchners or fancy blinds, I just wanted them to run off earlier and stop watching their dogs so they could get in place to do better front crosses.
So what I would like you to do is comment below on your most embarrassing moment with your dog or a situation where you've chickened out and taken the safer option. It would be great for new people to see that they are not alone and also show how many of us play it safe and miss out on that win.
Please join in I would be very grateful :)
'I am absoulutly loving my lessons, I hope you do it forever'
This is one of the compliments I got at the weekend, I received lot's more good feedback , I did 2 private lessons on Friday which went really well. I then had 6 hours of full groups on Saturday ,I had another 2 private lessons on Sunday then 4 more hours of group's, I'm really pushing people to do the best they can, I don't expect them to get the most rossettes or win the world champs but I want them to so the best that they can (athough if they do go on to win the world champs I'll be pretty damn chuffed). I expect all dogs to have some form of basic skills before they join a group, if they don't they go for 1 2 1's with my Dad first.
I want lessons to be fun and everyone to encourage each other but I also want evryone to know what their doing and how to execute it properly. When people I train go in to the ring for the first time its not rosstte that I want, alll I want is for them to enjoy it, to handle it to the best of their ability and for the dog to have fun and get lots of praise when they come out. What you willl probably find is that if you focus on all of these the rosettes will start flowing in anyway.
I also want everyone to get what they want out of lessons so if you have a suggestion or you feel you haven't got the best out of a workshop or lesson or even a guest trainer please e-mail or call me, as long as you are being constructive I will not be offended I will be greatful that you are helping me to achieve what I want.
I have a challenge for the next blog and I really hope anyone that reads this joins in :)
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